“The Frontier” is a film about an aging academic that wants to reconnect with his son. The academic’s assistant forces the duo to meet again and they share drinks. Cut to a montage or two, a bit of Wii Tennis and other low budget efforts to show the passage of time. I get that the film was funded by a Kickstarter style fund, but there should’ve been more of an effort to hide the limitations. But, I guess that’s hard to do with a small cast and a fixed location.
Max Gail remains an amazing actor and he brings out the best in his younger co-stars. However, I couldn’t quite peg down how he was trying to play the lead role. Was he a drunk? Did he have a thing for the assistant? I’m a fan of ambiguity, but there’s ambiguity and then there’s forced subtext. That’s the kind of stuff that makes great drama, but the short run time turned these efforts into a slight bit of confusion.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is strong for an indie drama. However, I did notice there was a few spots of noise on the transfer. The Dolby track supports the front channels for dialogue. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
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